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Pre-Columbian Art Museum

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Address: Plaza de las Nazarenas, Cusco, Peru
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Decent collection of handicrafts and pottery

Worth a visit to get an idea of the skills of the people in those times. Takes about an hour to see the exhibits. Museum is open late.

Reviewed 2 days ago
Orangeburg, South Carolina
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Orangeburg, South Carolina
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Worth a visit to get an idea of the skills of the people in those times. Takes about an hour to see the exhibits. Museum is open late.

Thank anuradhamurali
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

For a modest entry fee you can enjoy pre columbian art beautifully displayed. From tall wood carvings, weapons and jewelry to beautifully woven clothing and headdress. They have it all here. There are interactive exhibits for adults and children alike. I especially enjoyed the vast pottery found here. A cafe is available if you get hungry and the gift shop... More 

Thank Mike M
Bergen, Norway
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum houses a variation of different types of art work from the Pre-Colombian world. It is small, but has a nicely curated selection of art pieces. The entrance price was a bit steep though. It also takes pains to try to re-frame the art from "primitive art" to just art. This is something I agree with as Pre-Colombian art... More 

Thank theawesometraveller
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A nice, although smaller, museum full of pre-columbian artifacts and interesting information about the incas. The kids will love to see the sacrificial artifacts and read the stories that accompany them. A beautiful display of gold and silver artificats and many ceramics. This museum has a big sister in Lima but I think both have their beauty. I find it... More 

Thank drlaurel
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Reviewed 18 February 2017

This is where the first I heard of "primitive design", allusion occurred in my mind with Flemish primitivists in painting. I knew I loved all this approaches to strict lined paintings but here observing hundreds of objects it is systemized in your min map in to sort of cultural ideology. Can't tell it better than words you read on one... More 

Thank Arkadiy D
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Reviewed 17 February 2017

You should stop by here to help in the understanding of the culture in which you are immersed. They have done a good job of identifying many of the pieces and raison d'être behind them, but the verses do get a little "opulent" and repetitive. There are other larger displays, but this one is great for Cusco, especially if you... More 

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Alexandria, Virginia
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Reviewed 21 January 2017

There's a lot to see in Cuzco and the surrounding area, but if you can only visit one museum, this is the one (and much more interesting than the Inca Museum). There are several rooms on two floors - the pottery and gold are superb. There's also a great restaurant attached to the museum (I want to say Mas is... More 

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Tahoe City, California
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Reviewed 7 January 2017

Having spent the previous four days in and about Cusco taking in a variety of tours, we had a day to spend visiting museums. We're glad we visited here. It was 20 soles per person. We were practically alone. And it's not far from the main plaza in Cusco.

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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Reviewed 2 January 2017

The museum is very centrally located and easy to find, it occupies the space next to the Belmond Hotel Cuzco, and hosts pre-Inca artifacts (pottery mostly), from Chimu, Nazca and other cultures. It also has Inca artefacts, creating a very nice visual timeline of the pre-Empire cultures up to the Spanish arrival. Two floors, some 14 rooms if I recall,... More 

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Reviewed 1 January 2017

This was a terrific follow up to the Museo Larco in Lima with its stunning ceramics collection. Don't miss the shell collection; it is stunning. The gift shop offers the stellar weaving products from Nilda's textile workshop in Chincero, and women demonstrate weaving in the courtyard.

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